Marie Antoinette & The Independence War

Common Sense Media says

Historical game lets kids play with famous leaders.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

As kids adventure through the game, they are helping historical figures and unmasking traitors. 

Positive role models

The two protagonists in the game are clever and helpful, and yet are not overtly brash. They become friends and watch out for each other, helping each other along the journey, while displaying honor and loyalty. 

Ease of play

Instructions are provided in a manual as well as in game. As kids adventure through the game, they may have to tap, write, and/or drag the stylus on the touch pad to do different things. Some puzzles and riddles may be tricky.

Violence & scariness

Against the backdrop of the American War of Independence, there is no getting away from violence, but actual action is not depicted. For example, a cannon is loaded and it fires, but we do not see the action; the "health bar" of the enemy ship lowers until the battle is won.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Marie-Antoinette and The Independence War is an adventure game based on the American War of Independence. It imparts historical knowledge that includes firearms and cannons as kids play along. The game was created with the help of the American Club of Paris and the Historical Society of Cincinnati.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • using supporting evidence

Social Studies

  • historical figures
  • history
  • timelines

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • deduction
  • making conclusions
  • solving puzzles

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • using supporting evidence

Social Studies

  • historical figures
  • history
  • timelines

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • deduction
  • making conclusions
  • solving puzzles

Kids are introduced to information about the American War of Independence and the French Court of Louis XVI. Historical facts and tidbits are dropped by characters they meet and puzzles they play. An encyclopedia is unlocked along the way from which they can get clues and answers. Both logic and reasoning must be applied to gather clues and solve puzzles. By playing Marie-Antoinette and the Independence War, history comes alive as kids relive the events and meet the characters that shaped that historic war.

This Learning Rating review was written by Carolyn Koh

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What's it about?

MARIE-ANTOINETTE & THE INDEPENDENCE WAR is an adventure game filled with hidden objects, mini-games, puzzles, and riddles. The game's time-traveling theme lets kids play this game set against many different historical backdrops including Yorktown, Virginia and Versailles, France in 1781. The story involves time-travelling Professor Twenty, who has been stranded in prehistoric times by his former assistant Dunoi. With the Professor out of picture, Dunoi wants to sabotage the American War of Independence. Luckily, Professor Twenty's robotic sidekick Oskar travels back in time to stop Dunoi and then to rescue the Professor.

Is it any good?

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The historical settings found in Marie-Antoinette & The Independence War help to keep kids fascinated as they learn facts and meet famous historical figures such as George Washington, Rochambeau, and Lafayette. Players navigate maps of Versailles and play a historically accurate game of Pharaoh with Marie-Antoinette. By interacting with famous people of the past, history becomes interesting.

As with many hidden-object adventure games, kids can get frustrated if a key item cannot be found. Some of the puzzles or riddles can be particularly challenging. However, an encyclopedia unlocks to help kids along the way, but unfortunately it doesn't always provide the solution a player needs. Fortunately, by using coins earned within the game, kids can repeat question games and mini-games before returning to the main game.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the implied violence in this game. Just because it is not actually shown, does it mean it is less violent? When a ship is sunk, what do you think happens to the crew?

  • Families can also talk about the American War of Independence and the various historical characters that the kids encounter in the game. Do you like learning history from playing games?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nemopolis
Release date:June 29, 2012
Genre:Adventure
Topics:Adventures, Friendship, History
ESRB rating:NR for (Nintendo DS)

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